Rutgers University Mounts Effort to Improve Cancer Care in the African Nation of Botswana


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There is only one medical oncologist in the largest referral hospital in the African nation of Botswana. Cancer patients at varying stages of illness camp out in Botswana’s referral hospitals for days or weeks at a time, waiting to be seen. Some have traveled upward of 500 miles to get there. Many patients arrive at Botswana’s referral hospitals without any information about their condition other than that they “have cancer.” Patients carry around their own medical records  —paper charts, notes from other appointments, even x-ray films — in binders or plastic bags. Commonly, they arrive with o...